In a startling revelation, the Enforcement Directorate(ED) claimed that the Popular Front of India (PFI) was allegedly involved in plotting an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Patna, Bihar on 12th July this year.
The claims have been made in the remand note against the members of PFI, who were arrested from Kerala this Thursday.
Startling claims by ED
- PFI members had organized a training camp to launch an attack on PM Modi ahead of his rally in Patna for the Bihar Assembly centenary celebration on 12th July this year.
- ED further went on to claim that the members were reportedly involved in launching simultaneous attacks on sensitive areas and certain influential individuals in Uttar Pradesh.
- According to the reports, the outfit members were engaged in raising terror modules and collecting lethal explosives and weapons for the attacks.
- The funds that were transferred from foreign-based PFI members into the NRI accounts in India, were used to incite unlawful activities in the country, which includes the Delhi riots of February 2020 and the visit of these members to Hathras to stir up violence and spread terror in the region.
- PM Modi in October 2013 in Patna had a narrow escape when the jihadi terrorists of Indian Mujahideen bombed a rally shortly after the conclusion of PM’s address.
Why Bihar is the most chosen place for PFI attacks
- The Phulwari Sharif terror case of July 12 was reportedly linked with the involvement of PFI in organizing a plot to attack PM Modi’s rally in Patna.
- Following this, some PFI members were arrested when a seven-page document was seized by the Bihar Police which called for “establishing the rule of Islam in India by 2047”
- According to a statement by Union Minister Giriraj Singh, Bihar has become a hotspot for PFI attacks in the recent past, for which he blamed the Bihar government for patronizing them as a cultural organization.
- He further stated that the Purnia district in Bihar has been made a center for such unlawful activities after PFI members were arrested and held responsible for their illegal involvement in the Phulwari Sharif terror case.
The National Investigation Agency(NIA) of India and the Enforcement Directorate on Thursday morning i.e. 22th September 2022, conducted multiple raids on the extremist Islamic organization PFI.
The probe against the PFI has been under process since 2018, for their alleged involvement in organizing terror acts in the country and hampering the unity, integrity, and sovereignty of the nation.
During its multiple raids in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, UP, Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, four active PFI members and 100 of their associates have been arrested so far in the operations.